Archive: 12/10/2010

Do have have a herding instinct?

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study shows that consumers have a herding instinct to follow the crowd. However, this instinct appears to switch off if the product fails to achieve a certain popularity threshold.

dateOct 12, 2010 in Social Sciences
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Benefits of planting winter canola examined

Winter canola might soon be the crop of choice for Pacific Northwest farmers, thanks to research by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their partners. The multitasking annual plant can be used to control ...

dateOct 12, 2010 in Ecology
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Driver drowsiness detected by Eyetracker

Car drivers must be able to react quickly to hazards on the road at all times. Dashboard-mounted cameras help keep drivers alert. At the VISION trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany, researchers are presenting this system from ...

dateOct 12, 2010 in Engineering
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Whale poop pumps up ocean health

Whale feces -- should you be forced to consider such matters -- probably conjure images of, well, whale-scale hunks of crud, heavy lumps that sink to the bottom. But most whales actually deposit waste that floats at the surface ...

dateOct 12, 2010 in Ecology
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Online games as social meeting places

boundary crossing in online games, researchers Jonas Linderoth and Camilla Olsson at the University of Gothenburg analyse the culture of online games and the boundary-crossing community associated with the activity. The report ...

dateOct 12, 2010 in Social Sciences
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Bringing down the electric grid

Last March, the U.S. Congress heard testimony about a scientific study in the journal Safety Science. A military analyst worried that the paper presented a model of how an attack on a small, unimportant part of the U.S. power ...

dateOct 12, 2010 in General Physics
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